Jordanne Whiley has many accomplishments under her belt, from becoming Britain’s youngest national women’s singles champion in wheelchair tennis at 14 to winning 12 Grand Slam titles.
But the 28-year-old’s proudest moment came in 2018, when she welcomed her son Jackson into the world. While motherhood changed Whiley in many ways, it hasn’t taken away from her talent. In fact, she just made U.S. Open history — again!
Whiley has osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, which affects the lower half of her body. She and her father Keith share the same condition, but that hasn’t stopped either of them from excelling as athletes!
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In 2015, Whiley became the first British player who uses a wheelchair to win the U.S. Open. This year, she marked her return to the tournament, where she made history once again as the first wheelchair tennis player and mom to compete!
And that wasn’t her only tournament victory. Whiley and her doubles partner, Yui Kamiji of Japan, ended up winning the women’s doubles title!
To Whiley, the win just goes to show that moms can — and should — compete in elite sports. After all, she wasn’t the only mother at the event. Serena Williams, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Victoria Azarenka also tore up the courts!
What’s more, Whiley said taking care of 2-year-old Jackson has only strengthened her game.
“Since I’ve become a mum, I’ve been playing the best tennis of my life,” she told Today.
I’m in really good shape, physically and mentally. If you speak to other mums that have come back into sport, they have a completely different mindset, because they’re no longer just a tennis player or just a sports person, they’re also a mum, which is like above everything else. It just makes you a little more calm.
Congratulations, Whiley! We’re sure you’ll have even more wins to celebrate when you compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games next year.
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